Monday, May 7, 2012

RCI Cyberjournal

Protesting students and province reach tentative deal
Protesting student groups and the Quebec provincial government have reached a tentative deal. The students have been holding protests and clashing with police for almost three months over the government's plans to raise tuition fees. Under the deal, the province would still go ahead with fee increases at the rate of 250 dollars a year for seven years. But a committee including students would look at university spending.Every dollar in savings found would be passed on to the students.The student groups believe they can find enough savings to entirely negate the tuition increase. They'll vote on the deal, in the next few days. The deal comes on the heels of a violent riot outside the provincial Liberal convention in Victoriaville on Friday. One protester lost the use of an eye and five other protesters and three police officers were injured.

Government backs proposed anti-mask law
Canada’s Conservative government is supporting a private members' bill that would give police the power to arrest anyone masking their face during a riot or unlawful assembly. Conservative Party backbencher Blake Richards is proposing penalties of up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $5,000 for protesters who wear a mask or disguise. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says the Conservative majority will support the legislation, meaning it is almost certain to become law. Richards says he sees the bill as a preventative measure, allowing police to step in before violence and property damage escalate. Civil libertarians are concerned that the legislation will give police the power to break up peaceful protests, which are frequently filled with people in costumes, masks or even face paint that could be construed as concealing identity under the proposed law.

NATO member killed in Afghanistan
NATO says a bomb has killed one of its service members in Afghanistan. The coalition says the service member was killed Sunday in the country's east. The statement did not provide details about the attack nor the nationality of the person killed. So far this month, six coalition members have died in Afghanistan, bringing the year's toll to 138.

Thousands protest in Moscow

Riot police in Moscow arrested several protesters in a demonstration on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president. A march by about 20,000 people to an island adjacent to the Kremlin proceeded peacefully Sunday afternoon until a small group tried to break off and cross a bridge across the Moscow River. The path was blocked by police. After about an hour of confrontation, police began seizing demonstrators and dragging them to police vehicles. Sunday's march was aimed at pressuring Mr. Putin into following through with the political reforms introduced by his predecessor.

U.S. Secretary of State in India
U.S. Secretary of State HilaryClinton is expected to urge India to make further reductions in imports of Iranian oil during her two-day visit to the country. India has tremendous energy needs to fuel its rapid growth and has made some progress in easing its dependence on Iranian oil. A U.S. official speaking anonomously, says the the U.S. wants to see more. While in Bangladesh Sunday, Mrs Clinton asked that government not to do anything that could undermine the effectiveness of the internationally acclaimed Grameen Bank micro-lender. Clinton told a town hall audience in the Bangladeshi capital that the pioneering bank founded by Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus is a "tremendous" model for the developing world and that its structure should not be tinkered with. A search for a new bank chief is now underway since the government ousted Yunus last year.

Tornado strikes Japan
A tornado has torn through an area just northeast of the Japanese capital, injuring at least 30 people and destroying dozens of homes. The fire department said the tornado struck Sunday in the city of Tsukuba, 60 kilometres northeast of Tokyo. Firefighters and helicopter medical teams rushed to the area, and 30 to 50 homeswere destroyed. Tornadoes are relatively rare in the Tokyo area. Tornado warnings were issued in northeastern Japan, including Tokyo.

Critical national election in Greece

Greeks voted in their most important elections in decades Sunday. It's expected that angry voters will punish the two main parties which are being blamed for the country's shaky economic health. A total of 32 parties from the extreme right to the extreme left are vying for seats. The stakes are high because Greece is entirely dependent on billions of euros worth of international rescue loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund. It must impose yet more austerity measures next month, if it is to keep the money flowing and prevent a default and a possible exit from euro.

France elects new president

Voters in France have elected a new president. Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday. The outcome is expected to change how France deals with its debt problems and may change some military and diplomatic policies. Sarkozy conceded defeat minutes after the polls closed, saying he had called Hollande to wish him good luck as the country's new leader. During the campaign Hollande promised more government spending and higher taxes,including a 75-per cent income tax on the rich. He also wants to re-negotiate a European treaty on trimming budgets to avoid more debt crises of the kind facing Greece.



A Canadian-owned horse beat one of the deepest fields in years to win this year's Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the famed Triple Crown in U.S. horse racing. I'll Have Another, owned by J. Paul Reddam of Windsor, Ontario, won from the Number-19 post, beating highly favoured Bodemeister to win by one and one-half lengths.


In the National Hockey League, the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 3-2 . The victory evens the Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece. In international play, the U-S edged Canada 5-4 at the world hockey championship. It was the first time the Americans have beaten Canada at the event since 2001.


In Major League Soccer play, the Vancouver Whitecaps were 2-1 winners over the San Jose Earthquakes. Meanwhile, Toronto FC lost 2-0 to D-C United and now lay dubious claim to the worst start in M-L-S history with no points in eight games. Toronto broke the record of 0-and-7 set by Kansas City in 1999.


Two Canadian teams advanced in the National Lacrosse League playoffs. The Toronto Rock posted a 7-6 victory over the Buffalo Bandits in the East Division semifinal. In the West semi, the Edmonton Rush upset the first place Calgary Roughnecks 19-11.

Here is Canada's weather for Monday, May 7th. British Columbia will be cloudy. The high temperature in Vancouver and Victoria will be 14 degrees Celsius in Vancouver. Victoria,17. The Yukon: clearing. Whitehorse, 10. Northwest Territories: increasing cloudiness. Yellowknife, 14. Nunavut: flurries. Iqaluit, 1. Alberta: mainly sunny. Edmonton, 18. Saskatchewan: rain. Regina, 10. Manitoba: rain. Winnipeg, 12. Ontario: showers. Toronto: 12. Ottawa, 21. Quebec: sunny. Montreal, 20. New Brunswick: sunny. Fredericton, 17. Nova Scotia: cloudy. Halifax, 12. Prince Edward Island: increasing cloudiness. Charlottetown, 9. Newfoundland and Labrador: cloudy. St. John's, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 9.